Archive for May, 2015

Photography Competition #MyApolloView

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Here’s your chance to win a luxury weekend away and Apollo Digi blind – simply give us a window into your world

Maybe it’s because summer is almost here that we find ourselves dreaming of a change of scenery. Whether that’s blue skies and sandy beaches, green rolling countryside or the familiar face of a long distance family member or friend.

What’s your favourite view? That is your photography challenge. We want a window into your world.

Share with us a photo(s) of your favourite view(s) – it could be a view out of your window or a glimpse into your home if your favourite view is your home; a pic of your favourite countryside vista or a holiday snap taken beachside; it might even be a nostalgic view that is special to you, or just something or someone you look forward to seeing.

Your view could be a person/pet as well as a place. The choice is yours! However it must be a photograph that you have taken.

We have a fantastic prize worth more than £600 up for grabs. We’ve teamed up with Carden Park Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort near Chester and our winner will enjoy a change of scenery for the weekend, to take in beautiful views of the Cheshire countryside, plus we will digitally print your winning photo on to an Apollo Digi blind made-to-measure just for you.

Apollo Blinds Competition

The prize includes:

  • A weekend away for two at Carden Park Hotel worth £350 including:
    • Two night stay in a golf view bedroom with views over the Nicklaus golf course and Cheshire countryside
    • Full English breakfast each morning
    • Use of leisure facilities including the brand new hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and tepidaroum beds plus swimming pool and gym
    • 10% discount voucher for Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
  • A digitally printed roller blind of the winning photograph worth up to £250

Share your photo(s) with us via our Facebook page or Twitter profile @ApolloBlindsHQ using the hashtag #MyApolloView and our clever Tagboard (below) will capture all the entries (to be entered your entry must be posted with the words #MyApolloView).

Our panel of judges will review the entries (and any accompanying words/descriptions) and the most compelling photos will be selected as the winner. The competition ends at midnight on Tuesday 30th June 2015 and the winner will be announced by Friday 17th July 2015 here on the Apollo Blinds Blog.

Terms and conditions
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO WIN

Eligibility
 – Open to all UK Residents aged 18 or over on the date of entry, except for employees of Apollo Blinds Limited, participating/associated companies, promotional agencies and any other partners of Apollo Blinds Limited and the families of any of the above. The closing date will be 11:59pm on 30th June 2015. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges from Apollo Blinds Limited and its partners after the closing date and will be notified within 14 days of the draw. If the winner cannot be contacted within 30 days, an alternative winner may be chosen.
Inappropriate Content
Obscene, provocative or otherwise questionable content will not be considered. We retain sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content.
The Prize
 – The winners prize is a weekend away for two adults at Carden Park Hotel which consists of a two night stay in a golf view bedroom with views over the Nicklaus golf course and Cheshire countryside, includes full English breakfast each morning, use of leisure facilities with brand new hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and tepidaroum beds plus swimming pool and gym and 10% discount voucher for Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. Prize must be taken within 6 months of winner being notified and is for two adults sharing a golf view bedroom. Prize is non-transferable and no cash alterative will be offered.  Particular dates will not be available including the Christmas and New Year period.
The winner will also receive a digital window blind printed with their winning image to the value of £250 this excludes any promotions or discounts. The image entered will be the image printed providing that it is of a suitable quality otherwise an alternative image will be required to be provided. The winner is responsible for providing accurate window sizes and the order must be placed by 31st August 2015. Prizes are not transferable and there are no cash alternatives.
Rights
 – By entering the contest, entrants agree to have their submitted name and image displayed on our website and other media on and offline and used by us for any purpose, at any time, without any fee or other form of compensation. We reserve the right to disqualify users, without notice, and for any reason. Acceptance of the prize constitutes consent to use the winners’ names and photos for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes. Contestants entering agree to be bound by above rules and regulations. E&OE apply.

Featured on the following websites:

More competitions at ThePrizeFinder

http://www.competitionstoday.co.uk/

www.competitionslist.com

Find our comptition listed on CrazyCompers.co.uk

http://www.loquax.co.uk/

Free to enter competitions and giveaways in the UK. Win great prizes and freebies.

www.uk.wins.co.uk

www.photocontestinsider.com 

Create A ‘Brain-Boosting’ Bedroom In Five Essential Steps

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

It’s revision time – thousands of students across the UK are taking to their bedrooms and spending hours revising for GCSEs, A-levels and Degrees.

Betta_Living_Bedroom_Installlation_4

New research shows that the right kind of learning environment can be just as essential to exam success as a solid revision timetable and hours of swatting. From applying the right colour schemes, clearing out the clutter and atmospheric room ambience, stimulating the brain and affecting moods has never been so simple.

Here’s five simple and easy steps to creating a brain boosting bedroom:

1. Choose green and blue in the bedroom

Brain Boosting Bedrooms

Our very own colour researcher, Mike Stephen has found evidence that gentle shades of green and blue help concentration, memory and emotional tranquillity. He says, “Strong blues help to stimulate clear thought and light soft blues will calm the mind. Blue is motivational which boosts creativity. “Green is the colour of balance and harmony and can, therefore, be helpful in times of stress.”

2. De-clutter and opt for minimalist white furniture

Betta Living Cassia White Space Saver Room

Image: Cassia space saver range, in white, from Betta Living.

According to Feng Shui experts clutter creates a low, stagnant and confusing environment that constantly drains energy. Amanda Watson from fitted bedroom furniture firm Betta Living agrees saying: “Whether it is cluttered cabinet tops or clothes shoved on shelves, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively. Clearing the clutter gives students the ‘mind space’ to take in essential information needed for cramming could see teenage brains take in the essential facts that could mean the difference between a B and an A grade!”

3. Fresh air and light/temperature/noise control in one solution

Apollo Blinds Duette - Blue 7

Fresh air is integral to a teen’s feel good factor while revising. Serotonin levels increase with oxygen levels and can significantly promote a sense of happiness and wellbeing. Our Duette blinds are the ideal window treatment for brain boosting bedrooms offering light/sound/temperature control in one solution.

4. Sleep your way to success – Eat, Sleep, Revise, Repeat

 

Sleep is imperative to revision and exam success according to mental health charity Mind. Worries can be blown out of proportion if a student is tired. Winding down before bed is key to a rejuvenating sleep and, after a day studying, the one thing that will help the brain recover fully is having a good night’s sleep. The Fine Bedding Company’s Smartfil® bedding products use innovative micro-fibre blends specially created to help induce a great night’s sleep; it’s clever technology for clever minds!

5. Let There Be Light

under_bed_plinth_led_lighting_500x333

Sunlight lifts the mood and improves energy levels, helping you to feel more focused and motivated. Light directly influences our emotions because it reaches the brain through the eyes, and is transmitted to the hypothalamus. Betta Living advises “Try introducing mirrored furniture into the bedroom to reflect natural light or introduce clever natural lighting solutions such as Betta Living’s Illuminate Box Shelf Lights and LED Plinth Lighting to brighten up dark corners. Failing that place a light box next to the bed for a light boost in the morning!” Mirrored wardrobes by Betta Living.

Will you be making any changes to your study bedroom? What interior updates have made a difference to your revision time? Head over to Facebook and Twitter and share your thoughts.